Colorado egg farmers are proud to help the Easter Bunny this year. As a part of the Good Egg Project, the seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association have donated more than 250,000 eggs to Feeding Colorado food banks throughout the state to ensure those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. Of the total number of eggs, more than 200,000 were given to Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Colorado elementary schools also joined in this year as part of CEP’s Kids Who Egg-cell initiative, encouraging students to learn about eggs and give back to the community. For every student who completed an egg quiz, one egg was donated to Food Bank of the Rockies, adding nearly 700 eggs to CEP’s donation.
The Easter Bunny made a special appearance during today’s Food Bank of the Rockies event, where chefs with the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA) and Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar flipped and served omelets to honor Newlon Elementary students.
“On behalf of Colorado egg farmers, I am proud to recognize and honor the second and fifth graders from Newlon Elementary for their dedication to the community. Together the students made the largest school contribution this year, adding more than 200 eggs to our annual Easter donation,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of the Colorado Egg Producers Association. “These students are learning the value of giving back to the those in need at a young age. Giving back is also something we, as Colorado egg farmers, pride ourselves in as illustrated by our ongoing commitment to the Good Egg Project and our regular donations of eggs to food banks throughout the state.”
At the event, more than 100 students took a Keep Moving/Good Egg pledge to eat good, be healthy and do good every day. The pledge was a part of the Good Egg Project and ACFCCA’s Chefs Move to School initiative. The Good Egg Project is an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. The ACFCCA recently launched its Chefs Move to Schools initiative designed to educate children about the importance of healthy eating and daily physical activity.
“An important component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Chefs Move to Schools launched in the summer of 2010. The ACF Colorado Chefs Association has recently embraced this initiative locally,” said Joan Brewster, executive director of ACFCCA. “Our chefs are working directly with teachers, administrators and dieticians in schools across Colorado to
make healthy changes to the daily menus. In addition, students are encouraged to add daily activity to their schedules. The goal is to start healthy habits early so our youth can carry them throughout their lives. This initiative goes hand-in-hand with the Good Egg Project, bringing together healthy eating and physical activity with a commitment to give back to the community.”
According to Feeding Colorado and Food Bank of the Rockies, one in seven Coloradans struggle with hunger. Of the families served through Food Bank of the Rockies’ partner agencies, 42 percent are children and nearly half have a working adult in the home.
“The need for food assistance in our state continues to grow and this donation will certainly be a tremendous help for those who are working hard to make ends meet,” said Kevin Seggelke, Food Bank of the Rockies president and CEO. “Eggs are an important staple in the American diet, but they are also one of the hardest foods for us to obtain. We would like to thank Colorado egg farmers, Newlon students and other participating elementary schools for this generous gift. At two eggs per person, this donation will help put high quality, wholesome and fresh eggs on the plates of more than 125,000 Coloradans this Easter.”
For the fifth year in a row, Colorado Egg Producers and Feeding Colorado have teamed up to support local food banks and feed the state’s hungry. This partnership in Colorado and throughout the country will help the more than 730,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Colorado and the more than 37 million people in the United States.
CEP’s donation of 250,000 eggs was divided among five food banks – Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, Food Bank of the Rockies Western Slope, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Weld Food Bank in Greeley and Food Bank for Larimer County.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg Farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing a high quality, protein-dense food like eggs to citizens in this great state. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. The seven CEP farms are Colorado Egg, LLC; Country Side Eggs; NestFresh; Boulder Valley Poultry; Hillside Egg Farm; Morning Fresh Farms and Sparboe Farms. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com and find CEP on Facebook at facebook.com/COEggProducers.
About Feeding Colorado
Feeding Colorado is an association of the five Feeding America food banks in Colorado. Feeding Colorado's purpose is to coordinate and enhance food resources among the state's food banks; provide administration and distribution of USDA commodities, including CSFP, TEFAP and the School Lunch Program for the state of Colorado; and to support the mission of Feeding America. The five food banks distribute food to more than 1,500 nonprofit agencies state-wide, that provide meals and services to people in need. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the state, visit www.feedingcolorado.org.
About the American Culinary Federation-Colorado
The American Culinary Federation-Colorado, established in 1954, is a professional organization for culinarians in Colorado. With more than 1200 members, consisting of both Colorado chefs and national ACF members, ACF-Colorado is a culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and certification. For more information, visit www.acfcoloradochefs.org.